Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Skin Discoloration on Neck/Hypothyroid?
This may sound a bit odd..however, I have noticed in the last 3 months there is a dark discoloration of skin on my neck just above my shirtline on both sides.  It almost looks like my neck is dirty. I have tried different things to scrub it off to no avail.  A co-worker of mine told me that her brother had something similar and was diagnosed with Hypothyroid.  Does this sound possible?  I have been tested on a few occasions in the past for my thyroid as I have had symptoms of irregular heartbeat for which I take Atenolol.  Is it worth going to the Dr.?
Cancel
8 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
Last year I was misdiagnosed with Shingles, but I kept getting the so-called Shingles monthly, along with fatigue, constipation, and a feeling like I'd been hit by a train. I have MANY more symptoms now. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (a form of hypothyroidism). I get rashes/hives/burning skin frequently, but it has been better since the Synthroid.

Beware about lab values, though. Some doctors look at high values and interpret them as normal. It really depends on your endo. My TSH and FT4 looked normal to my first endos, so I switched and she ran more tests and found that I do have Hashi's.

Get your labs and post them here afterward, along with your symptoms, so we can give you our opinions.

Thyroid labs to ask for:
TSH
FT4
FT3
Anti-TPO
TGlob

Also, sometimes parathyroid disease causes these symptoms, along with kidney stones and bone density issues. If you have stones or bone issues, ask for PTH, serum and ionized calcium.

Take care...
:) Tamra
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I have a red neck all of the time like it is sunburned.  I thought it is because I'm getting older and I know your skin changes.  But could this be something else?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
The front of my chest is red most of the time, with tiny little red spots inside of bigger blotches. It looks and feels like a sunburn. Read my above post about my disease. It doesn't mean you have hypo or hashi, but you should get your labs, especially if you have other symptoms.
:) Tamra
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I have been diagnosed with border line hypothyroidism for about 30 years now.. recently I noticed slightly dark areas on each side of my neck just above my shirt line also.. I was at my physicians office last month and didn't notice it then.. It also feels like I have pressure in my throat sometimes causing breathing and swallowing difficulties.   I do have a couple of nodules on my thyroid but they have gotten smaller over the years and have gotten smaller.  My thyroid physician sent me to a Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) doctor because he didn't think that the pressure in my neck was due to my thyroid but my ENT dr. says he thinks it may be my thyroid.   I am having a blood test soon to check for allergies. I will let you know if I get a solid answer.  Regards, Mambu2u
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I just noticed how old your post is .. have you gotten any diagnosis's for the dark neck issue?  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I also have had my neck get increasingly darker with patches looking like it's dirty.  It coincided with hair loss and fatigue.  Kept asking re. my thyroid, had multiple drs. do bloodwork and say i'm "low but in range" on all thyroid labs.  Now on low dose Naturethroid (at my own request!) and feeling less like a train hit me.  I am, however, stuck with the dark neck skin.  It has to be the thyroid.  Surprised not more written about this online.  Not sure how to get my neck back to normal?  Also major sagging skin and general skin malaise since thyroid dropped.  I did genetic testing and found my body has a hard time making T3 from T4.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I also have had my neck get increasingly darker with patches looking like it's dirty.  It coincided with hair loss and fatigue.  Kept asking re. my thyroid, had multiple drs. do bloodwork and say I'm "low but in range" on all thyroid labs.  Now on low dose Naturethroid (at my own request!) and feeling less like a train hit me.  I am, however, stuck with the dark neck skin.  It has to be the thyroid.  Surprised not more written about this online.  Not sure how to get my neck back to normal?  Also major sagging skin and general skin malaise since thyroid dropped.  I did genetic testing and found my body has a hard time making T3 from T4.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
What is your NatureThroid dose?  What are your prior and current thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report?  Also, if tested for Vitamin D, B12 and ferritin, please post those as well.  
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
1756321 tn?1499064984
I have acanthosis nigricans due to insulin resistance.

"Acanthosis nigricans is a brown to black, poorly defined, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin. It is usually found in body folds, such as the posterior and lateral folds of the neck, the armpits, groin, navel, forehead, and other areas." -  Acanthosis nigricans - Wikipedia

"Hypothyroidism can be added to the list of endocrine diseases associated with acanthosis nigricans. This is unlikely to be a direct effect of the hypothyroid state, but may instead be an indirect action mediated through obesity and subsequent insulin resistance. Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia seem to be commonly associated with (and perhaps causative of) the acanthosis nigricans that is seen in many endocrine diseases."*

*Acanthosis nigricans and insulin resistance associated with hypothyroidism. Arch Dermatol.
1985 Feb;121(2):229-31.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Thyroid Disorders Community Resources
Top Thyroid Answerers
649848 tn?1484935765
Blank
FL
Avatar universal
Blank
MI
1756321 tn?1499064984
Blank
Queensland, Australia
Avatar universal
Blank
657231 tn?1453836403
Blank
Northern, NJ